Apply to the Space-Tech Innovation Challenge 2020

Deadline for submissions is 16 October 2020

The Space-Tech Innovation Challenge 2020 will identify and develop the most promising new innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across Africa. The challenge is targeting downstream space-tech applications across agriculture, insurance, retail, sustainability and conservation. Do you have what it takes to empower Africa through space-tech innovation?

Submission Criteria

What is Space-Tech?
The set of applications which use earth observation, the gathering of information about the physical, chemical and biological systems of the planet via remote-sensing technologies
There has been a surge in demand for these applications across a wide range of industries where they are driving cost reductions and sustainability. Space-tech has reached a point where almost every business can or does use it – often without even knowing

Why Now?
The African space-tech sector is one of the fastest growing markets in the world, but it is still significantly underexploited. This represents a massive investment opportunity
The African Union has identified earth observation as a key resource which must be leveraged in achieving Africa’s development goals
One of the best ways to grow this sector is through an open innovation challenge

To identify the most promising innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses across Africa and develop them into sustainable companies
To develop Africa’s geospatial readiness so that African businesses can service African demand for geospatial intelligence

Top 10 participants receive

Opportunity to showcase company to a global audience at GEO Week, an intergovernmental earth observation conference
Media coverage and social media blasts through ZASpace and partners
Industry links and market access through ZASpace and partners
Screening for investment by Anza Capital
1-month business development support through the Research Institute for Innovation & Sustainability
Opportunity to pitch company to judges and industry representatives during final pitching den
Provision of ortho-ready satellite imagery from Maxar’s archive; 10x 25sqkm allocated per finalist up to the value of $75,250

Winners receive
4-month online incubation and virtual mentorship, and ongoing access to a peer-to-peer network through the TechTribe
Winner: SecureWatch Premium 5GB valid for 3 months to the value of $12,500
Second place & Third place: SecureWatch Premium 2GB valid for 3 months to the value of $5,000
Opportunity to directly pitch your idea to a MAXAR representative.


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